Boulder Valley School District

ASCENT Program

Get a year or more of college paid for!

ASCENT is a program that provides tuition for the first year of college at either Front Range Community College or Metropolitan State University Denver. If a student plans appropriately and begins taking concurrent enrollment courses their junior year, the ASCENT program can assist in completing two years of college tuition free! To participate, students must have a minimum of 9 college credits completed by June of their senior year.

Two dates for Seniors to remember:

November 11 - complete the Intent to Participate form. This lets us know how many students are interested in the program for the following year. Failure to complete the form is not a requirement nor by completing the form are you obligated to apply.

May 1 - Deadline for all application materials. See below for details.

ASCENT and TREP Virtual Information Session Recording and Slides                      Click the title above to be redirected. The recording will be after the ASCENT and TREP links.

 

Timeline

When

Item      

9th- 11th Grade

Determine if ASCENT is appropriate for your academic plan

  • Review FAQs below

  • Discuss option with parents/guardians

  • Discuss option with counselor

  • Update your ICAP every semester

9th-12th Grade

Earn a minimum of 9 college credits with a grade of C or better (AP/IB test scores do not apply unless they have been accepted and transcripted by a college)

12th grade - September or October

Apply for FAFSA or CASFA - If you qualify for a full Pell grant, ASCENT may not be the best option for you. Students in the ASCENT program can not receive Federal or State financial aid.

Complete the Intent to Participate form.

Ongoing

Research College Scholarship opportunities. 

12th grade - Fall/Spring

 

Complete the Checklist and Application (in Spanish).

If you haven't already, apply to Front Range Community College or Metropolitan State University (includes signing up for COF)

MAY 1st of 12th grade

Submit to your counselor the above checklist complete with signatures, your one page essay and your college transcripts.

If taking classes at FRCC, complete this Google form: (Coming in February)

If taking classes at MSU, complete this Google form:   (Coming in February)

End of 12th grade Walk with your graduation class
End of May ASCENT notifications determined
June 30 Confirm you will participate in the ASCENT program

 

Frequently Asked Questions